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Applied XML Programming for Microsoft® .NET by Dino Esposito

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XML Support in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer versions 5.0 and later provide good support for XML on the client. Among the supported features are direct browsing and data islands. Direct browsing is the browser’s ability to automatically apply an Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformation (XSLT) to the XML files being viewed. In particular, Internet Explorer uses a default, built-in style sheet unless the document points to a specific style sheet. The default style sheet produces the typical tree-based view of nodes you’re familiar with. If, as mentioned in Chapter 7, the XML document includes its own style sheet reference (the xml-stylesheet processing instruction), the direct browsing function automatically applies the style sheet ...

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